Whether you run a business or you have multiple computers at home that print from the same printer, you are going to need the use of a router print server.
How to Configure Your Print Server for a USB Port Router
A print server allows you to connect as many computers as you want to a single printer.
This is done with a wireless or hard wired connection : either with an independent print server, which can be installed into a computer or be a completely external unit, or with a program that is integrated into an existing server that is written specifically for the printer in question.
There are many different types of print servers for you to choose from in all different price ranges.
If you have a small business and a small budget, you can choose something like the Silex Technology Pri Com 4 Port wired USB to Ethernet Print Server which costs about $160 and allows four computers to hook up to a single printer.
If you need a wireless option that is still affordable, the HP Jet Direct EW 2500 Wireless Printer Server J8021A will cost about $210.
For bigger budgets and for those of you who need that ability to connect dozens or even hundreds of computers to a print server, there are options for you as well.
The HP HEW J7961G-Jet Direct 635n IPV6/IPSEC Printer Server is $542. If you need to connect more more printers as well as computers then the Segull Scientific, Inc Enterprise Print Server Printer Add On may do the trick.
Of course, you are going to pay much more for this option ($1600 or more) because it allows you to do more.
Basically, whatever the need, there are options for you. You can get a router print server in different brands, much more than you will see listed here, from Linksys, Asus, and HP to Netgear, DLink and Brother and many more.
You can also get combo devices that offer storage, wireless Internet connections and printer connections if you want an all in one device.
If you aren't sure what to purchase, use online reviews to help you make a choice; consider things like how easy it is to setup, connection issues and how quickly connections are made.
This will make it easier for you to make the right decisions.
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